We often say the phrase, “take the plunge” or “take a leap of faith” when we consider making changes in our lives, but sometimes little changes are amazing too. Subtle transition is often over looked because we’ve trained ourselves to … Continue reading
Remember when your mother would say, ‘don’t talk with your mouth full’ reminding you of your manners? Or, what about, ‘chew your food. I was a hasty eater when I was a kid. Always anxious to get outside or go … Continue reading
There is a saying in eastern philosophy, “The teacher and the taught create the teaching.” I really believe this to be true, as I see evidence of it with each class that I teach. I learn something about being a … Continue reading
If you’ve ever gone hiking in the woods, or better yet, camping, you may have spooked yourself into thinking that the giant crunching noise in the distance is a grizzly bear or a yeti. This happened to me recently when … Continue reading
Have you ever wondered about how much information you actually take in during a given day, and what happens to it? I’m not talking just about the computer content you consume at work, but everything. As you read this, you’re … Continue reading
Since I started this blog, and started telling my story, specifically, “When Breathing isn’t Easy – A Cystic Fibrosis Adult’s Journey to Teaching Yoga,” I began to get emails from people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) or parents of children with CF from all over the world. I’ve done my best to give advice based on what I’ve learned and on my own personal experience. I often hear from yogis with CF about their struggles with practicing yoga without being self-conscious, which I don’t think is unique to people with CF.
So, here’s a letter to the yogis who have expressed doubt about pursuing yoga because they are afraid some aspect of their illness will be bothersome to other people in a yoga class. While this one is targeted at someone with CF, the message is applicable to all of the yogis out there battling chronic illness.
“Dear Awesome Yogi,
Again, while I know this is slanted for someone with a respiratory disorder, the message is the same. Don’t be ashamed of who you are, no matter what. If you have an illness that you’re battling and someone in your yoga class is ‘disturbed’ by it. That’s their problem to work through. Allow you to be yourself, and all that comes with it. Accept yourself with the same unconditional love you would show a child who needs you.
Love starts with you.
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If I told you the world was flat, despite all evidence, you would think I was a bit loopy. And if I demanded it was flat, becoming agitated with any facts that you presented to prove to me I was … Continue reading
One of the most difficult parts of any yoga practice is cultivating the ability to find the perfect balance of effort and surrender. I always loved when my teacher would remind us to, “go to your edge, but not past it.” Aaaah, the edge. That point in your practice where any less wouldn’t be enough, but any more would be too much. Getting to the edge requires some effort — effort in body and focus. Resisting the urge to go beyond requires surrender and faith — surrender to what your practice IS here and now.
If there’s one thing that yoga has taught me more than anything is acceptance of exactly where I am in my practice at any given moment; to let go of ego; and embrace the process. The next time you go to your mat, try to find your edge. Go to it, and surrender to the moment.
“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
– Your Charmed Yogi
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We talk a lot about letting go of expectation in yoga. Expectation of others, and expectations of ourselves. But, part of being human is recognizing that we do have certain expectations that we can either let go or learn to shift. But here’s a different perspective on the power of acceptance for what is vs. expectation from ourselves and in relationships from one of my favorite bloggers, Janis Cohen, LCSW. Expectations are a part of all relationships, including the relationship you have with yourself. They are the deal breakers.
You expect others to be a certain way and, if you are intuitive enough, you get what you expect by expecting the right things from the right people.
Read the full post, “The Power of Expectation” on The Human Experience blog.
– Your Charmed Yogi
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